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Anti-Gun Campaigner Attacks 'Heavy-Handed' Police (Busted for sawed off shotgun)
Scotsman ^ | 6-17-05 | Charlie Hamilton

Posted on 06/17/2005 11:25:34 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan

Anti-Gun Campaigner Attacks 'Heavy-Handed' Police

By Charlie Hamilton, PA

An anti-gun campaigner today criticised police as “heavy handed” after she was arrested for having a pump-action sawn-off shotgun in her home.

Grandmother Sheila Eccleston said she was locked in a police cell for 12 hours after she attempted to hand in the weapon.

The 51-year-old has been a high-profile anti-gun campaigner since her son Dean was shot and killed four years ago.

She has met Prime Minister Tony Blair and travelled to Boston in 2003 as part of a BBC documentary on tackling gun violence.

Mrs Eccleston was an active member of Mother’s Against Violence, which won the Queen’s Award for voluntary service last year.

She has since left the organisation but still works in the community to reduce gun violence.

Mrs Eccleston, of Martindale Crescent, Longsight, Manchester, said she was given the gun by a youth six months ago and hid it in her bedroom in a suitcase above her wardrobe.

She criticised police saying her arrest sent out the wrong message to those wanting to hand in weapons.

She said: “If people see a person like me being arrested despite all the work I do to get guns off the street, they are even less likely to hand them in.

“I called the police. I told them about the gun. Yet they still arrested me and kept me locked up for hours.

“It was heavy handed and over the top. I was trying to get the gun out of the community.

“They took my house apart searching it and even arrested my daughter.”

The mother of three said she called police at around 1.00am on Saturday to report interrupting an attempted burglary at a neighbour’s home.

She said she told them she had the weapon and invited officers to collect it.

Mrs Eccleston said she was given the gun by a young gang member she refused to identify and kept it, while awaiting a police weapons amnesty.

When police arrived she was taken to Longsight police station where she was kept overnight in a cell.

She said: “It is disgusting. How do the police expect people to feel comfortable handing in guns when this is what happens to someone known as being against gun violence.”

She was released on police bail until August 18 while forensic tests are carried out on the shotgun.

Her son, who was also known as Marcus, a 24-year-old father of two was shot seven times at close range in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, in October 2001. The gunman has never been caught.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; donutwatch; guns
Another gun grabber who owns guns - and one that's illegal to boot, even in all 50 states in the US.
1 posted on 06/17/2005 11:25:35 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Dan from Michigan
Mrs Eccleston said she was given the gun by a young gang member she refused to identify and kept it, while awaiting a police weapons amnesty.

No doubt true. I read stories all the time of gang bangers giving up their guns and giving them to grandmothers for safe disposal.

2 posted on 06/17/2005 11:28:52 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Funny how these anti-gunners never think the laws they push for will be used on them...!
3 posted on 06/17/2005 11:30:56 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: 2banana
Funny how these anti-gunners never think the laws they push for will be used on them...!

"Alwas assume a law will be interpreted by your worst enemy." Lyndon Baines Johnson

4 posted on 06/17/2005 11:46:13 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (My book is out. Read excerpts at www.thejusticecooperative.com)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Even if she really did get the shot gun from a "gang member" she apparently felt some sort of need to hang on to it for 6 months. She's either a liar, a hypocrite or both.


5 posted on 06/17/2005 11:47:50 AM PDT by Horatio Gates
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To: Dan from Michigan

Those laws apply to the little people; not me!


6 posted on 06/17/2005 11:51:54 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: shotokan
while awaiting a police weapons amnesty.

Apparently she was waiting until the cops had a collection drive and were taking them no questions asked.

She should have either kept it and waited or dumped it off a bridge.

7 posted on 06/17/2005 11:52:33 AM PDT by ahayes
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To: Dan from Michigan
She said: “It is disgusting. How do the police expect people to feel comfortable handing in guns when

Heh, heh, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition... You reap what you sow...

8 posted on 06/17/2005 11:53:33 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: shotokan
This is just another example of hypocrisy on the part of gun grabbers. I'd like to be able to search all their homes--LOL! Wonder what sort of arsenal Sarah Brady has hidden away.....


9 posted on 06/17/2005 11:55:40 AM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Dan from Michigan

You can own a short barreled shotgun in the US... I've owned several... legally. They are NFA registered weapons.

Mike


10 posted on 06/17/2005 11:56:22 AM PDT by BCR #226
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To: Dan from Michigan
"...said she was given the gun by a youth six months ago and hid it in her bedroom in a suitcase above her wardrobe."

Maybe she thought the gun was like a fine whine and needed to age.

11 posted on 06/17/2005 11:57:24 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (NEWSWEEK LIED, PEOPLE DIED)
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To: BCR #226
I was wrong then.

Illegal without Class III then.

12 posted on 06/17/2005 11:59:16 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Defeat Stabenow in 06!!!!)
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To: basil

An AR-15 like Jay Rockefeller????


13 posted on 06/17/2005 11:59:41 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Defeat Stabenow in 06!!!!)
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To: Dan from Michigan

That's better... don't mean to nitpick the posts but we need to make sure that errors in the understanding of the laws don't propagate.

Mike


14 posted on 06/17/2005 12:01:29 PM PDT by BCR #226
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To: gieriscm

ping


15 posted on 06/17/2005 12:13:10 PM PDT by BCR #226
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To: BCR #226
That's better... don't mean to nitpick the posts but we need to make sure that errors in the understanding of the laws don't propagate.

I understand perfectly, else we get geniuses like Sinator Debbie Stabenow who referred to "semi-automatic machine guns".

16 posted on 06/17/2005 12:14:20 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Defeat Stabenow in 06!!!!)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Oh, SHIELA Eccleston.
Nevermind.

17 posted on 06/17/2005 12:22:00 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Dan from Michigan
The blatant hypocrisy of gun-grabbers can be astounding, such as Carl Rowan's.

This Georgia Law Review article posted at GunCite has a small section mentioning various famous gun-grabbers acting hypocritically.

18 posted on 06/17/2005 12:30:58 PM PDT by snowsislander (NRA)
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To: snowsislander
Carl Rowan's.

The funny part is that his son is an NRA member(and cop I believe) on their board of directors.

19 posted on 06/17/2005 12:34:23 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Defeat Stabenow in 06!!!!)
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To: Dan from Michigan
The funny part is that his son is an NRA member(and cop I believe) on their board of directors.

Live and learn.

If memory serves, wasn't the 357 that his father brandished his?

20 posted on 06/17/2005 12:46:31 PM PDT by snowsislander (NRA)
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To: Dan from Michigan
She said she told them she had the weapon and invited officers to collect it.

"I have a sawed-off shotgun in my house. Come and get it!"

It sounds like she got an appropriate response...

21 posted on 06/17/2005 12:53:31 PM PDT by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Just imagine . . . the sawed-off semiautomatic machine gun shotgun! The horror!


22 posted on 06/17/2005 1:16:20 PM PDT by ahayes
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To: Dan from Michigan
I beileve that she's in the UK, which is notorious for banning all privately held guns, except those registered and held by authorities until you are going to use them for sporting purposes or some such nonsense.

It proves again that what you sow, so shall you reap.

23 posted on 06/17/2005 7:06:21 PM PDT by par4 (If the Dems are filibustering, why is the Senate still passing laws?)
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To: Dan from Michigan
The 51-year-old has been a high-profile anti-gun campaigner since her son Dean was shot and killed four years ago.

Wow. Useful idiot AND hypocrite!

24 posted on 06/17/2005 7:25:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Deport them all; let Fox sort them out!)
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25 posted on 06/17/2005 11:50:41 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (www.lp.org)
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To: Dan from Michigan

The mother of three said she called police at around 1.00am on Saturday to report interrupting an attempted burglary at a neighbour’s home.
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It was interrupted cuz she was armed. You think a grandmother can stop a burglary any other way?


26 posted on 06/18/2005 5:42:46 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/canadahealthcare.htm)
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